[Clayart] Clayart Digest, Vol 74, Issue 48
jefflawr at gmail.com
Fri Jan 21 13:07:19 UTC 2022
Slab roller died and I'm baffled by the options for replacement.
Anybody have experience with both countertop and free-standing units?
Any kudos or warnings re Shimpo, Bailey, North Star?
Thanks in advance,
jefflawr at gmail.com
jefflawr at gmail.com
On Fri, Jan 21, 2022 at 5:02 AM <clayart-request at lists.clayartworld.com>
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> Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2022 16:36:24 -0500
> From: ronroy at ca.inter.net
> To: William Schran <wschran at twc.com>, Clayart international pottery
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> Subject: Re: [Clayart] hand building
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> Pinching can give real insights into forming on the wheel. In both
> cases if you thin the walls and don't let the form expand the walls
> move up. One of my 1st favorite pots was illustrated in a Potters Book
> by B Leach - a pinched tea bowl with straight sides.
> I think we should try to keep our minds open to all possibilities,
> there are wonderful examples of work made with all techniques and
> Quoting William Schran <wschran at twc.com>:
> > I also in my first semester ceramics class began with pinch pots,
> > beginning with simple bowl forms moving to hollow spheres than making
> > a whistle with a sphere.At the start of the second semester, beginning
> > wheel throwing during the intro class I would have them make a pinch
> > pot and talk about that process of moving the clay up from the bottom
> > working towards an even wall thickness. I would then demo the basic
> > wheel throwing process and relate actions to what they did with the
> > pinch pot, but now instead of hands turning the clay, the wheel turns
> > the clay....
> > Bill
> > William Schranwschran at twc.com703-505-1617
> > -----------------------------------------From: "Snail Scott"
> > To: "Clayart international pottery discussion forum"
> > Cc:
> > Sent: Wednesday January 19 2022 1:31:55PM
> > Subject: Re: [Clayart] hand building
> > > On Jan 16, 2022, at 10:29 AM, mel jacobson wrote:
> > > my discussion on hand building was, and is a reaction
> > > to those that work at home, small kiln, and hand build their work
> > > in clay. It is often overlooked. Hobby potter sort of thing?
> > Most of my students had their first and last experience with
> > handbuilding in the third grade, or so, making pinch pots. They imbibe
> > the notion that the wheel is for the big kids, and handbuilding gets
> > set aside forever as a lesser form, because they never learned its
> > true potential.
> > I start my intro college course with pinching, and I can see the
> > immediate reaction?'Oh, I know this, it?s kid stuff.' It?s not.
> > Kids are actually really bad at it, as they lack the manual dexterity
> > and finger strength to make proper use of it. Pinch pots are all
> > simple squishing between thumb and finger. Easy - pressure makes
> > things thinner and wider. I call it the ?Road Kill Effect: the more
> > it gets squished, the thinner it gets and the further it spreads. Icky
> > but memorable.
> > "Now, control for consistent thickness and curvature; make a
> > hemisphere." ("Why does it keep getting too thin and floppy?" "Road
> > Kill Effect!?) ?Now, take that hemisphere, and make it a sphere.
> > Bring that rim back inward, keeping a consistent thickness and
> > curvature.? How to make it thicker and shorter, instead of wider and
> > thinner? 'Why does it keep folding?!?? (Now reality sets in!)
> > ?Now, pinch a cube. Make sure the walls are the same thickness right
> > to the corners.? "Make it low and wide?now make it tall; reverse
> > the proportions without rotating the form or cutting and attaching.
> > Move without removal.? Not kid stuff after all. Very few
> > only-wheel-throwers, even with a lifetime of experience with clay, are
> > any good at it.
> > I start the course with pinching, not as an end in itself, but
> > because it teaches how the material responds to the maker. It?s
> > fundamental. Teach your fingers physics. Pinching is its own
> > technique, but also the means to augment every other technique:
> > coiling, slab, and wheel. Students who get good at pinching will learn
> > every other method faster, and use it with more versatility; even the
> > wheel. The wheel is just a tool for bringing the clay to your hands,
> > instead of moving your hands to the clay. Squeezing perpendicular to
> > the plane makes the clay thin and/or wide; compression along the plane
> > brings it in. ?Pulling' a wall combines both. Bellying; collaring;
> > all just pinching, with a power assist.
> > -Snail
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